4th of July Special Event at the Fulbright Educational Advising Center

The Fulbright Educational Advising Center (FEAC) proudly celebrated Independence Day by hosting a special session of the US Culture Club on July 3rd. FEAC local friends as well as guests from afar got together to exchange opinions and learn more about the United States in a one-of-a-kind event. The host and main organizer was Fulbright intern, David Henriquez, who engaged the guests in a trivia quiz, following the success of the American trivia game during FEAC’s White Night on June 21-22. The attendees shared stories and discussed their own personal experiences in the United States. The event symbolically ended with a collective reading of the Declaration of Independence and a bold attempt at singing the U.S. national anthem. All guests received printed materials and CDs containing useful information and step-by-step guides designed to help them prepare for their future college applications.

Interview with David Henriquez, U.S. Fulbright intern

This month our U.S. Fulbright intern, David A. Henriquez was selected to take part in an interview with the International Relations Report (IRR). The interview consisted of questions on the upcoming 4th of July celebration and the meaning of this national holiday. The questions shifted from the Independence Day festivities and its traditions, to a deeper focus on U.S.-Romania partnership and events. This interview gives the insight of a young American on worldwide events, and especially his opinion and hopes for the future cooperation between the U.S. and Romania.

New Volume Published by Romanian Fulbrighter Cristina Modreanu

As a follow-up of her 2011-2012 Fulbright research grant at New York University, well-known Romanian theatre critic Dr. Cristina Modreanu has recently published the volume Utopii performative. Artisti radicali ai scenei americane in secolul 21 (Performative Utopias. Radical Artists on the American 21st Century Stage), Humanitas Publishing House, 2014.

The book has been launched in a series of events organized in Bucharest, Sibiu and Timisoara and is available in all important book stores. It is the first book on American theatre published in many years in Romania and offers a comprehensive image on theatrical arts in the U.S. and its most radical representatives: Robert Wilson, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Lee Breuer, Merce Cunningham, Wooster Group, Laurie Anderson, as well as the younger “voices”, Young Jean Lee, Jay Scheib, Elevator Repair Service, Radiohole, Temporary Distortion, The Civilians, Liz Magic Laser.

This cultural project was supported by the Theatre Union in Romania (UNITER) and the book launchings were made with the contribution and in the presence of personalities such as Saviana Stanescu (a Fulbright alumna as well), George Banu, Alexa Visarion (Fulbright Alumnus) and George Mihaita.



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             Saviana Stanescu & Cristina Modreanu                                George Mihaita, Cristina Modreanu, Alexa Visarion

Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives – new volume edited by three Romanian Fulbright alumnae, Dana Mihăilescu, Roxana Oltean and Mihaela Precup

Three Romanian Fulbright alumnae,  Dana Mihăilescu, Roxana Oltean and Mihaela Precup, have recently edited Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), a volume collecting work by several European, North American, and Australian academics who are interested in examining the performance and transmission of post-traumatic memory in the contemporary United States. The volume includes several chapters by other former or current Fulbright grantees, i.e. Professor Rodica Mihăilă (Romania, currently Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Romania) and Sara Polak (the Netherlands, Fulbright researcher at Yale University, 2014-2015). The contributors’ chapters generate and explore a complicated dialogue between various and sometimes conflicting narratives along four main lines in this volume: trauma in the context of “multidirectional memory”; the representation of trauma in autobiographical texts; the dynamic of public forms of national commemoration; and the problematic instantiation of 9/11 as a traumatic landmark. The table of contents and an extract from the book are available at the publishers’ website: http://www.cambridgescholars.com/mapping-generations-of-traumatic-memory-in-american-narratives

White Night 'American Style'

Saturday, June 21st the Fulbright Education Advising Center (FEAC) held its first very own White Night 'American Style' event. The night consisted of a full schedule of fun American cultural activities. It started with a traditional high school homecoming theme painting activity where the students were divided into teams and got to interact and know one another, as they discussed American culture. The students then watched a popular American series that reflected the Greek Life in US universities; it was followed by a discussion on what the major differences were between university clubs and organizations. The students even took part in the popular American game show 'Jeopardy' created by the Fulbright staff, where they got tested on US history, US music, US movies and US great personalities. The night couldn't be complete without a small presentation of US regions (West Coast vs. East Coast), which were expanded in detail through business etiquette, culture, attitude and even style of fashion. The discussion was stimulated by a short video on each cultural style. A full night couldn't go on without a traditional American snack: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with milk.

Read more: White Night 'American Style'

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